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Software Test Engineer

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

We are looking for a capable and motivated Software Test Engineer to help us prove the next generation of advanced missile systems.  MBDA produce some of the most advanced missile systems in the world – we are looking for a software test engineer to work with us to prove our products whilst maintaining our enviable reputation for safety, performance and dependability. You should be passionate about ensuring that we show that our software fulfils the system software challenge in a complex weapon system.

You would be working on the implementation of automated black box tests, their execution, result analysis and reporting as part of the Joint Proving Team, which is a collaboration between software testers and the test designers who are part of the equipment requirements authority. The work involves the creation of scripts to control specialist real-time hardware that provides the inputs and outputs to the particular equipment under test.

What we’re looking for
  • A strong background or keen interest in software test, its realisation and system wide impact.
  • An ability to work across the entire software test process from engaging with requirement authorities and understanding the equipment operation, to performing equipment debugging and fault reporting.
  • Software test engineers that can bring experience of new tools, techniques and approaches that might enable us to evolve our processes to improve our effectiveness and sustainability.
What’s in it for you?
  • This is a great role for someone with a passion for excellence and for helping MBDA to provide dependable, quality software to its customers.  You will be working with people and technologies at the forefront of European missile systems design, supporting the development of safe, secure and reliable products that our customers can rely on.
  • You will be working in a professional and motivated team that has built a reputation for its high standards and for its reliable results, which form the backbone of the software compliance evidence.
  • Within software engineering at MBDA there is the full range of opportunities from low-level hardware interfacing to AI backed decision-making and we look to support each engineer as their interests and capabilities develop.
Join a great team!

You will be joining a team that proves the software used in the most advanced weapon systems in the world within a critical and influential Software Engineering Directorate and part of a large progressive and responsive company.

You will be working with a talented group of experienced software, systems and electronics engineers that provides a stimulating and vibrant environment for personal and professional growth. You will become part of a high performing team culture.

Why us?

MBDA is an award winning company; committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.

We’re here to help and want to ensure you have a positive experience throughout our recruitment process. We recognise that everyone is unique and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments.

MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK’s work-life balance organisation. We welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements. 

We understand that flexibility benefits our people, our teams and our business; wherever possible we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working.

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Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to the role.


MBDA, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, is a multi-national group with 10,000 employees working across France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Spain and the United States. It has three major aeronautical and defence shareholders - Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Finmeccanica (25%) - and is the first truly integrated European defence company. In 2013, the Group recorded a turnover of 2.8 billion euros, produced about 3,000 missiles and added 4 billion euros of new orders to the order book which now stands at 10.8 billion euros. MBDA works with over 90 armed forces worldwide.

MBDA was created in December 2001, after the merger of the main missile producers in France, Italy and the UK. Each of these companies contributed the experience gained from fifty years of technological and operational success. The restructuring of the industry in Europe was completed with the acquisition of the German subsidiary EADS/LFK in March 2006. This further enriched MBDA’s range of technologies and products, consolidating the Group’s world-leading position in the industry.

MBDA is the only Group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems to meet the whole range of current and future operational requirements for the three armed forces (army, navy, air force). Overall, the Group offers a range of 45 products in service and another 15 in development.

The Group has demonstrated its ability to bring together the best skills across the whole of Europe and as a result has been chosen to lead a series of strategic multi-national programmes. These include the six-nation Meteor air superiority weapon, the Franco-British conventionally armed cruise missile, Storm Shadow/SCALP, and a family of air defence systems based on the Aster missile for France and Italy (for ground and naval based air defence) and for the UK (naval air defence for the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers).

The mastery of cutting-edge technologies is not only an advantage for MBDA in successfully developing and producing new products. It is also a means of guaranteeing customers that innovations can be made to existing products during their life span in order to meet constantly changing specifications arising from increasingly complex engagement scenarios. It is precisely this combination which makes MBDA the defence sector partner of choice in many countries around the world.

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